The Elastic Cloud is a high availability solution, designed for larger sites / e-commerce due to the fact you have more resources available. It also offers high availability through a ‘failover’ / ‘cluster’ system.
With this, you receive cPanel access, so is simple to manage, and will be familiar with what you are used to already.
VPS vs Elastic Cloud
For a VPS in comparison, you would need to also take into account licencing, such as cPanel licences, Softaculous (if required), backups etc, so can be more complex to setup / configure.
I would recommend the Elastic Cloud over the VPS service if you are looking for a simple way to manage your sites / accounts, but with essentially more ‘power’ for the sites and better uptime.
If you are looking for root access, with more control (but with the additional complexity of managing the server) then a VPS would be a good option.
In terms of performance, according to our benchmarks, you would get far better performance through the Elastic Cloud, over a VPS unless you have experience optimising the VPS to tune for performance/reliability.
This is because the Elastic Cloud also has our unique ‘Bolt-Cache’ offering available, allowing you to serve your sites through NGINX using enterprise-grade caching methods, such as Redis (which according to our tests has outperformed Litespeed cache etc) More detail on the Elastic Cloud can be found here